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New Look for Lotus in the Mud

I have been fiddling with headers and layout. Sorry for any inconvenience! I guess it's better then changing my hair color all the time or places I live (although it has felt that way at times!)...

I just want a feel that I can't put into words. And I still haven't found it. I am going to take another poke at it and see if I can get the feel into style and layout. Of course ease of getting around on the blog and all that jazz!

I do trade out Lotus in the Mud Headers on my etsy site every 4 months. Just to freshen it up and make it feel alive! I have made my own and purchased some from other Etsy sellers :)...

So here I go again! Into the vault of creative funky vibelicious velvety cupcake ease! See I told ya it was hard to put into words what I want! :)
Going to the beach after Holiday weekend song ♫ *http://blip.fm/~7337n

Creativity, Kookiness and Tumblr

Ok I am sure alot of you have heard of Tumblr. It is a very easy format blog that u can set up and post pics, music, quotes and text. The style is simple and it is considered a microblog.. Blogging quick thoughts, etc...

Well I have had a tumblr account for quite awhile, and did nothing with it, me bad! But one day I changed up what my blogging idea was about and decided to jump in with both feet and my clothes on! So I decided to change up the name I had (new mojo I guess), and focused on the beach (one of my fav subjects!).. So I was beachgrrl on tumblr.. I posted pics of the beach, and thoughts about the beach, environmental causes to help the beach and sea life, as well as fun pictures not only of the beach, but cupcakes, glitter, etc. I found them on Flickr, and Photobucket, of course giving credit where due!

Well I started noticing that a number was growing.. It is a Tumblarity number. How sad is that or what? Tumblr recently decided to give people numbers of how popular they are …
Love this version! Ok Let's get the weekend started, sun, beach, and Marley Love! :) ♫ *http://blip.fm/~6s9t4
"Must have some Bob! Holiday weekend coming up and Ya know we will have some Bob on fa sure! Cali style, with... ♫ *http://blip.fm/~6s9pf

Recycled Totes Addiction

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Got this in Thousand Oaks at Fruits and Passions.. Not so hot on their products, tooo many chemicals :(But this bag is a recycled cutie.. I am a bag freak„ Of course they must be green to get my attention! :) This one is cute for the beach, pool or just out runnin around..I looked online though, they don’t carry it.. :( sorry…

Eco Friendly Flip Flops on a Summer Day

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Well my toes are all shrunk like prunes since I just got out of the hot tub and clicked the picture!!! :) I actually like my tootsies! :)Got these in Oxnard.. I don’t ever go there, only to get off 101 and go to TJMAXX Shopping center.. Love it!Ok these I got at Payless! They are from AE and are eco friendly! I love them because they are the same color as my swimsuit, which unfortunately isn’t eco friendly :(…. But I wear them till they fall apart, and my next one will be! :)They are not for sale any longer on the website :( sorry again! But maybe in store still!They are: PVC-free, degradable foam..

Mango Zango Smoothie

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Mango Zango Smoothie BlissOk this is a really nice Smoothie you can jazz up with flavored frozen yogurt too (plain is really better for ya).. I also like to use fancy sparkling waters instead of juice (keeps the sugar level lower!) :)Mango Zango0.50 pcs chopped organic mango3.38 oz pro biotic frozen plain yogurt3.38 oz natural orange sparkling waterMix everything in a blender, and mix until you get a smooth mass.Pour in a glass and enjoy. Add ice if necessary to make the smoothie more drinkable. Ok like EASY too! Unlike T who makes these incredibly deluxe model Smoothies/Drinks.. I like simple! I had the hardest time figuring out the fancy smancy blender (again I do simple!!!

Carbon Footprint and Beach Time

I now live about 2 miles from the beach… And it is great, since in Cali it is not easy to live on or close to the beach unless you have unlimited green coming out your ears! We have a very low carbon footprint here. No air conditioning, only a cold water washing maching, I drive as little as possible, Tony takes the Bus (ok it is a Motorcoach!) to Santa Barbara everyday, and we walk alot!
But to go to the beach I have to drive… I don’t yet walk two miles, and well am lazy that way… Still working on getting myself going more!
We do have a Scooter.. It is more green friendly since it uses so little gas.. I just have to buy two helmets.. Since in Florida they don’t require helmets for Scooters or Motorcycles… I don’t mind the minor investment, I just am not comfortable driving around here on it.. It is a busy area with alot of traffic, I am use to driving it around Satellite Beach and enjoying the Ocean breeze in that sleepy little beach town!
So I may wait till the weekend and have Tony ta…

Psychedelic Origami!

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Psychedelic Origami! Ok totally love the box *will keep it to store some art supplies!!!! I want to learn to make peace signs origami style! :) To hand out at peace marches, etc.. :) http://htxt.it/9BNr

Rethinkin My Needle and Yarn Goals

Ok the last few dayz I have been enjoying cool weather and hangin with the grrls (karma and zen) and hubby... Clearing my head and enjoying the moments..

I still haven't really got the whole Crochet thing.. I know I will. I know that now. I am more confident and this will be my story with crocheting... I stopped, went forward, and slowed down.. It's all ok. There is no final destination. I know realize that I was putting alot of pressure on myself about the goals I have as a Crochet Artist.. I guess cause I was really really focused on my Artisan Bizz and being that I have been doin Jewelry for over twenty years.. I mean it took me along time to get where I am today thru TIME.. Time takes TIME..

Crocheting for me now seems like a fun, creative outlet, zen timez, restful healing of my mind! I am planning on (oh there's that word again) tryin out crocheted bracelet cuffs, lip balm holder, and anything small and fun... I am thinkin small for now.. then I can build up to amiguru…

Next book purchase..

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Next book purchase... Got it at locale bookstore in Ventura... OM SURF LOVE PEACE! http://htxt.it/wjyP

To Crochet or Not, that is the ?

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I have stated on my blog that I am learning to Crochet.. Hmm better put I have been avoiding to learn to Crochet. You may say I have Crochet Block! I have books, tools, and even a dvd that step by step takes you thru it. But nothing.. I am all fingers and toes and can't seem to get it.. I am working toward now taking a "real" class! HA HA! I have decided I want to make those kewl rocker wrist bands, and coffee cup sleeve. Seems very simple n fun!! Baby steps! Hahaha!
I realize these are knitted ones, but I am sure on www.ravelry.com I can find Crochet pattern for these!

Check out this Site:

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Check out this Site: http://htxt.it/Fhgc SO Fun and thought provoking! What would you want our Planet to lookey like????

Psychedelic Dolphin Love

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If everyday is precious.....

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If everyday is precious, then what is a day doing Jury Duty for nine hours? BTW all the computer areas were booked. lt like they should have put a ankle monitors and striped outfits on us. We couldn't leave and it was just like a special form of hell... Not to be negative but it was so hard to sit there and wait, and wait and wait. I did get called to a jury, and it would have been a five day court case, and the defendant couldn't stop staring at all of us jurors, it was so intimidating... Scary really, he looked like Mike Tyson and was just so wigged out with the staring and looks at all of us he was completely turned around, it was so odd. He did this the entire time I was in the courtroom (30 minutes!).. I got off due to the fact that I do Respite care for a Highly functioning autistic boy and am needed weekly. I was so thankful to get out of that room, it actually smelled like a funeral home.. UGH! They say in Cali that folx usually get called for jury duty every 18 months…

Have you ever felt

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Have you ever felt like a Dolphin lost from it's pod? Swimming, Swimming ever so far away, knowing that somethings wrong, but not being able to put your finger on it! And when u realize u have been displaced from your pod everything makes sense.. That's how it is for me being in Cali.. Not that it isn't sweet, nice, beautiful, etc, sure all those things.. It is the fact that I am far from my pod of friends and loved ones, and that can't just be recreated anywhere.. You don't just pick up and move and replace the faces, names and events with new ones.. At least I can't seem to, or want too. Spiritually I believe we have a link to all of us, but some of us have spent time together before, past lives maybe? And it seems the link for me is in Florida, I resonate with the warm, humid tropical like weather. Maybe a reminder of Lemurian times??? I relate to the dolphins in the Atlantic, the bottlenose dolphins that is....They seem like home too me also, as do the mana…

Affirmation for the Day

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Hello Summer!

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Dreamin of hot summer Dayz

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Dreamin of hot summer dayz, n warm summer nites..Watchin ocean waves dance in the moonlite..Floridayz..Wishin for better days..Ultraviolet rayz

Dreamin of hot summer Dayz

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Dreamin of hot summer dayz, n warm summer nites..Watchin ocean waves dance in the moonlite..Floridayz..Wishin for better days..Ultraviolet rayz

What I did Green today

Ok gotta have a list for everything right! haha.. But really this one is important to me.. I will try and post this daily and hopefully get others too! Hint Hint Hint! :)

Here's my list today:

Well I had a few birthdays I had to get cards for, so I went to Ocean Conservancy and got a email card that was thought provoking and beautiful (had dolphins on it!)..


I ran the dishwasher so full it was scary! Also used eco green dishwashing soap from Traders Joe and distilled vinegar *for the calcium build up on the dishes...

Didn't drive the car today. Walked and was online.

Ate organic today. Also had produce that was from California (ok pretty locale!)

Packed lunch for T today. Instead of him purchasing lunch (driving, money, etc)

Joined One million acts of green today.. Did the pledged to reduce my carbon footprint quiz.

Invited friends to join One million acts of green today.....

Well normally I do even more, today was a laid back day. Did alot of updating my blogs, and syncing stuff and …

What ya do green today????

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Here's my list today:

Well I had a few birthdays I had to get cards for, so I went to Ocean Conservancy and got a email card that was thought provoking and beautiful (had dolphins on it!)..
I ran the dishwasher so full it was scary! Also used eco green dishwashing soap from Traders Joe and distilled vinegar *for the calcium build up on the dishes...
Didn't drive the car today. Walked and was online.
Ate organic today. Also had produce that was from California (ok pretty locale!)
Packed lunch for T today. Instead of him purchasing lunch (driving, money, etc)
Joined One million acts of green today.. Did the pledged to reduce my carbon footprint quiz.Invited friends to join One million acts of green today.....
Well normally I do even more, today was a laid back day. Did alot of updating my blogs, and syncing stuff and so on. I find that the simplier my days are then the more green and less my carbon footprint is!

A Woman's Body Burden: Dozens of Man-Made Chemicals from the dailygreen.com

Study: Each woman's blood is laced with as many as 45 potentially toxic chemicals.

We already know what little girls are made of (sugar and spice and everything nice) but a new and alarming study finds that adult women are made of many more ingredients, none so sweet.
The blood of five women was tested over the course of two years, and researchers with the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Rachel's Network detected dozens of man-made chemicals, some suspected of causing health problems.
Each of the women is a local advocate for environmental health and environmental justice -- the notion that poor and minority neighborhoods should not be subjected to more pollution because they lack political power.
That the researchers were able to detect these chemicals is not a surprise. They looked for chemicals that are widely in use today in American commerce, like flame retardants and synthetic fragrances. But the researchers say that the number and type of man-made chemicals in the…

Affirmation for the Day

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This is smackdelilious! :) Even though I was too young to remember when it offically came out.. It's a twirlin... ? *http://blip.fm/~5l3z4
Ok when we first got in Ventura this is the song that ran thru my head non stop. It still does occasionally wh... ? *http://blip.fm/~5l3ln
Even though many of us feel the crunch as of lately. Seems like the simple things are always there waiting to be discovered! Let's!

Affirmation for the day

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California dreamin? I think not

Ok I can't say that the beaches aren't lovely, they are... I can't say the rocky, jagged cliffs, and mountain terrain isn't so different from Florida and a nice change.. That the cool breezes this time of year are surreal and the ice cold pacific is a paradox to the warm atlantic ocean waters... But mostly I miss the swaying palm trees, the coast line without a view of oil rigs, warm waters that are refreshing to jump into and play, as well as the flat, yes flat nature of being able to see as far as the eye can. The possibilities, the endlessness.. That I miss the most..

There are so many great things about California, but it just aint Florida. If I would have come from Michigan, *where I was born and reared, then maybe it would have been the paradise lost for me.. But the paradise lost for me is Florida. My Family of friends, the warm tropical nites, the flip flops, Jimmy Buffett, drumming at the beach and mostly keeping the laid back lifestyle that probably was Cali i…
That we are 75% or more water it makes sense that when we are near bodies of water we feel calmer, more zen like, at peace.
Drinking water, eatting foods with high water content, as well as vegetables from the sea.
In our homes having fountains in and outside.
Spa treatments that incorporate sea vegetables, water and sand, sea water as well as rocks and shells.
For our soul, swimming with dolphins, surfing, floating, beachcombing are more great ways to connect.
My book Ocean Potions for body mind and soul give you fluid ways to incorporate our connection to water and healing.

•Affirmation for the day•

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Daily Affirmation

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Did I mention very overcast today:(
Blue Skies
N Ultra Violet Rayz
Lookin for Floridays...
Lookin for better Dayz..

Prosperiety n abundance Tree

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ShantiCali wants to share music with you

Hey, it's Shanti,I have my own streaming music station at Blip.fm.
Check it out: http://blip.fm/invite/ShantiCali/3fci8pbp8wys440skcIt's like a radio station that's DJ'd by me (I'm ShantiCali on Blip.fm).
I also have a station with all my friends that automatically updates whenever you blip a song.Sign up so I can listen to your music: http://blip.fm/invite/ShantiCali/3fci8pbp8wys440skc

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